Mobile handset technology has advanced in some pretty remarkable ways in recent years. Today's high-end handsets often offer up an order of magnitude more computational power than the champions from only a couple of years back, thanks to great strides in the underlying ARM processors that power them. Likewise have mobile displays become incredibly crisp and appealing to look at, with even mid-range phones now often boasting pixel density that exceeds the capacity of the human eye to resolve the individual dots.
None of this is to say that mobile service providers have been standing still, though. While it is likely that mobile phone technology has made the more impressive leaps in the years just past, service tech has also been advancing rapidly. That steady progress has left most of the United Kingdom with excellent, reliable connectivity, both in terms of basic voice service and the data links that so many residents now rely on in their daily lives.
In most cases, taking full advantage of the latter will require the possession and use of a 3g phone
. Early in the history of mobile phone technology, data was carried on the same bands that afford voice communication spectrum, with the former simply being a different form of encoding. While that sufficed for the relatively slow connections that characterized the early days of mobile phone usage, it would never have allowed for the video streaming and other demanding applications that people now largely take for granted.
Instead, modern mobile data links make use of dedicated channels that are better suited to the purpose. As can be seen at 3g.co.uk
and other sites that delve into the subject, simply acquiring a phone that is labeled as being capable of this kind of connection is generally all that it takes.
In reality, phones do have to support particular frequencies and channels in order to make the most of the bandwidth available to them. As carriers have been forced by regulators largely to standardize in these ways, though, most phone manufacturers have caught up with such requirements in the course of designing their products. In fact, this is another way in which phone tech has advanced in recent years, and it is one that has been driven by the evolving nature of service